Happiness

We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? The answers in these TED Talks on happiness -- from psychologists, journalists and monks -- may surprise you.

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7 ways to practice emotional first aid

Psychologist Guy Winch lays out seven useful ways to reboot your emotional health … starting right now. You put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, rig...

Want to be happy? Slow down

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and...
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Video playlists about Happiness

What makes you happy?

13 talks • 3h 20m
Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.

A better you

13 talks • 2h 55m
Ready for a change? These well-researched (and heartfelt) talks offer ideas and inspiration for all aspects of your life, from creativity to vulnerability, from competitive sports to collaborative games.

Work happier

11 talks • 3h 04m
How to be happier at work? Start by focusing on happiness -- not, surprisingly, on work. We learned this fun fact from Shawn Achor's TED Talk. So we asked Achor to choose some more talks he loves, about making work and life a happier place.

In the mood for love

10 talks • 2h 19m
Love: it’s what makes the world go round. And also: all you need. As well as that thing, in addition to war, in which all is fair. Here, TED Talks about this most basic of human emotions.
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Talks about Happiness

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TED Books

The Happiness Manifesto

by Nic Marks
We assume that economic prosperity leads to happiness -- and we're making ourselves miserable in the process. Nic Marks explores what would happen if we made happiness a national priority.
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Episode: Simply Happy

We all want to find happiness, but it seems elusive. Can we learn more about happiness through science? Or are there simpler ways to achieve it? Listen now